This fall Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has reached its highest enrollment in five years.

The seminary has seen a steady rise in enrollment over a three year period, with a fall 2005 headcount of 2,936, a fall 2006 headcount of 3,015 and a fall 2007 headcount of 3,042.

“It is abundantly rewarding to see the increase in total enrollment over this three year period. Our thanksgiving is to God for his blessings and our prayer to him is to continue calling men and women to ministry and to study in all of our seminaries,” Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Seminary, said.

"While numbers alone do not mark success, each student represented by a number equals another person called to work for the cause of Christ and labor in the fields which are white with harvest," Thomas White, vice president of student services at Southwestern Seminary, said. He was encouraged by the consistent increase in enrollment, but more so by the quality of students who have enrolled.

“Our students continually impress me with their commitment to Jesus Christ, their passion for the lost and their desire for revival,” White said. “These are exciting days to be at Southwestern Seminary.”

In 2008, Southwestern Seminary will begin its centennial celebrations. The seminary was founded by B.H. Carroll on the campus of Baylor University in 1908 and moved to its current location on Seminary Hill in Fort Worth in 1910.

Over the past 100 years, the seminary has existed to provide theological education for Christian ministers. Since its founding, Southwestern Seminary has trained and sent over 40,000 graduates throughout the world to expand the kingdom of God as pastors, teachers, missionaries, counselors and lay leaders. To learn more about Southwestern, please visit